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Spanish Sangria

October 14, 2019
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An elegant single glass Spanish Sangria recipe that comes to you with love from Spain. Spanish Sangria, with its red wine base and fruity flavour, is undeniably a fabulous thirst quencher on hot summer days; just remember to drink slowly!


I promised my girls that l would have a Sangria (or two) on their behalf during my trip to Spain midway through this year.

We all know that it’s irresponsible and just plain wrong to break promises made to our children. Being the good parent that l am, l had a sangria (or two).

Having walked around Madrid in 44 degree heat (110 F) all morning, all l could think about was making my girls proud as soon as l got back to my accomodation. And that, l did!!

With face flushed and throat parched, l walked into the air conditioned sanctuary of my hotel and plonked myself on a bar stool to order my first ever Sangria. It came in an elegant glass with a slice of orange tucked into the rim and lots of ice. It was fruity, refreshing and …deceptively potent.

A few days later, in a more relaxed casual dining environment, l ordered another Sangria. This time the experience was very different. It came in a huge, not so elegant glass, with chunks of discoloured fruit bobbing on the surface like abandoned life rafts. How did it taste? Well, in Australia, we would call it lolly water, or just sweetened water.

What’s in a Sangria?

Sangria can vary greatly, not only regionally but also from restaurant to restaurant, as l’ve pointed out above.

It traditionally consists of red wine and chopped fruit, usually apples and oranges. Often other ingredients such as orange juice, rum or brandy, orange liqueur, lemon juice, sugar and a carbonated soft drink such as lemonade may be added.

My sangria is made cocktail style rather than in the large batches they normally comes in. And instead of adding chunks of fruit, l’ve opted for the classier slices balancing on the rim of a glass.

After multiple attempts, l’ve created a recipe that tastes like my first ever Sangria … but just a little less potent.

Do my girls love it; sure they do!


Preparation Time: 2 mins
Serves: 1


  • 1/2 cup Riojas (Spanish red wine)
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp Triple Sec (or any other orange liqueur)
  • 3 tbsp lemonade (note 1)
  • ice cubes
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 apple slice
  • Optional: 1 tsp rum or brandy


  1. Place the red wine, orange juice, Triple Sec, lemonade, rum or brandy (if using) in a large wine glass.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Stir briefly.
  4. Create a slit in the orange and apple slices. Tuck slices onto the rim of the wine glass.
  5. Serve immediately.


  1. ‘Lemonade’ refers to clear, sweet carbonated water. It may also be known as Sprite or 7 Up in Canada and the USA. Lemonade may be substituted with any other sweet carbonated water. It adds just enough sweetness to the sangria to make it delicious. If required, you could add 1 tsp of sugar per glass.

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